The Menace of Bullying – Adapted to the Modern World
Being a victim of bullying can have a profound effect on your confidence and for the one in four teens who have experienced this menace, this makes them much more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol and experience depression.
The unacceptable act of bullying has been adapted for a digital age and victims are now most likely to endure the attentions of a bully via something like social media sites like Facebook or perhaps through a series of text messages on their mobile phone.
Cyberbullying is the term given to this form of abuse that can have a devastating impact on the victim, but the roots of these odious actions can easily be traced back to the sort of traditional bullying that children of previous generations have experienced.
One of the many worrying issues attached to cyberbullying, is the fact that the victim could be suffering in silence without any physical evidence of the torment they are going through, because the taunts and acts of bullying are being conducted online, rather than in the playground.
Most states now have established bullying policies and if you are a parent of a teenage child or a young adult experiencing cyberbullying, it is important to take action and report any acts of cyberbullying, as no one should have to put up with the sort of electronic harassment that so many young people are vulnerable to.
Cyberbullying is a new phenomenon directly associated with the rise in social media. It has raised ‘school yard’ bullying to a sophisticated level because cyberbullying does not require a physical presence, it can be done at any time and from anywhere, with devastating effects/outcomes.
Various surveys suggest that cyberbullying is on the increase which is then attributed to the rise in adolescents morbidity and mental unwellness (such as depression), and suicide.
A recent resource has been developed that to help parents and carers better understand the issues surrounding cyberbullying and how to help their children should they become a victim.